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Welcome to the January edition of the SEEd e-newsletter. Here, you will find news on sustainable development in the Education sector and sustainable schools, ESD, environment news, sustainability news, jobs, funding and any upcoming events, courses or consultations.
Sustaining the routes to Sustainability
I feel I am developing the skill to look outwardly pleased and thrilled while inside I am despairing. Not only that, but I am feeling a real affinity with swans - gracefully, calmly gliding along on the surface while my feet are paddling furiously below the surface!
So the first is about the international work SEEd is now doing on Sustainable Schools and the new interest in whole school approaches since the push for this from the UNESCO Global Action Programme. Read more →

Ann Finlayson
Executive Chair

Sustainable Schools Alliance News

SEEd News

  • SEEd Welcomes in the New Year - Once again January has rolled around and left us feeling reflective over the past year and optimistic for the year ahead. We may be a tad wobblier in certain areas and we may be trying to kick our slight alcohol dependency that the festivities of December have kindly left us with, however there is a lot to be grateful for… Read more →
  • Conferences, courses, and busy times ahead - 2016 seems to be flying past already! Here at SEEd we have been keeping busy with workshops, courses, conferences and a trip to Leicester to visit the beautifully renovated, art-deco City Hall which will be the location for this year’s National Sustainable Schools Conference. Read more →

SEEd Member News

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  • Circle of Life Rediscovery – Circle of Life Rediscover have released their new 2016 training dates. These courses aim to enable practitioners to foster a more mature relationship with the natural world and leave you inspired! Read more →
  • RSPB – RSPB has launched a major new blanket bog restoration project at Dave Stone in the Peak District after securing a grant of more than £228,000 from landfill tax charity WREN. Read more →
  • Galapagos Conservation Trust – The Galapagos Conservation Trust have reported about the impact that heavy rain that fell across the archipelago this January. Read more →
News and Research

Education and Environment News

  • Massive natural gas leak in Los Angeles prompts governor to declare an emergency – Jerry Brown calls on officials to ensure gas company plugs leak as campaigners say storage facility is releasing equivalent of 7m cars’ emissions daily. Read more →
  • Is Liz Truss choosing to protect farmers over victims – By doing everything the farming lobby asks, the UK environment secretary is using public money to make the flooding of the built environment even more likely. Read more →
  • Mediterranean ‘highway’ planned to protect marine life from oil exploration – The Spanish government has backed proposals for a safe zone which would run between the Balearic Islands and the Catalan coast. Read more →
  • Private school charity status challenged – Independent schools should be required to provide more support for local state schools as a condition of their charitable status, according to proposals from the Labour party. Read more →
  • Syria crisis: UK should take in 3,000 children, says MPs – The UK should take in 3,000 child refugees stranded in Europe, as part of its humanitarian response to the Syrian conflict, MPs have said. Read more →

Research, Publications and Guidance

  • Changes to renewables subsidies, Department of Energy and Climate Change – A press release documenting further revisions to renewable energy subsidies from the Department of Energy and Climate Change and The Rt Hon Amber Rudd MP. Read more →
  • Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion, Elizabeth Cline – The book takes us on a retail journey through the factories of China to the streets of New York City. Cline has been equated to “the Michael Pollan of fashion”, pioneering the idea of how fast fashion disrupts not only the fashion industry but also the environment. Read more →
  • Moral Ground: Ethical Action for a Planet in Peril – For readers who love a quick read, this short book brings together the testimonies of over 80 visionaries “to present a diverse and compelling call to honor our individual and collective moral responsibility to our planet.” This book will be sure to make you appreciate the preciousness of the world in which you live. Read more →
School Stories and Events


  • SEEd: National Sustainable Schools Conference 2016 â€“ The National Sustainable Schools Conference will be held on the 2nd March in Leicester City Council’s City Hall. SEEd, the SSA and Leicester City Council are already looking forward to welcoming you to our unique brand of conference which incorporates action learning workshops, expert keynote speakers, exclusive launces and a full day of networking and learning for sustainability. Read more →
  • Earth Trust: Introduction to Hedgelaying – On the 16th – 17th January, join in on this practical course learning to lay a Midland style hedge with expert Clive Leeke. All specialist tools and equipment provided! Read more →
  • Field Studies Council: Forest Families – Discover Minibeasts of all shapes and sizes in Epping Forest on Monday 15th February. The activities are aimed at children aged 5-11. Read more →
  • Keep Britain Tidy: Network Conference – The Keep Britain Tidy Network Conference is coming to Birmingham on 10th February 2016. The conference is open to delegates who are passionate about improving and maintaining the Quality of places where we live. Read more →
Take Part

Take Part

  • Recycle Your Christmas Tree! - Most local authorities are running collection schemes nationwide, however, Rangers at Formby are asking people to bring their used real Christmas trees down to Formby so they can be used to help protect their internationally important sand dunes. Read more →
  • World Wetlands Day – The 2nd of February marks World Wetlands Day, why not take this opportunity to engage and educate children about the importance of wetlands? Read More
  • Get Crafty with old Christmas Cards – Every January as we take down our Christmas decorations it is always difficult to know what to do with them. With so many activities that you can do with old Christmas cards, it may be a good idea to have a drop off box at your school! Read more →


  • Orca ‘Looking out for Whales and Dolphins’: Wildlife Officer (Closing Date 22nd January) – ORCA is looking for an enthusiastic, energetic and conservation minded individual with the passion to enthuse others, to join their team in the North Sea. Read more →
  • Royal Zoological Society of Scotland: Spring School Support Assistant (Closing Date 24th January) – RZSS are now recruiting support staff to provide pastoral support for children and practical support for teachers as the team delivers exciting activities based upon the theme ‘Let it Grow’, exploring biodiversity around the world. Read more →
  • Friends of the Earth: Change Your World Project Coordinator (Closing Date 25th January) – Friends of the Earth are seeking to appoint a new project coordinator to deliver a brand new Big Lottery Funded 5-year programme. Read more →
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